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Windows 7: Can I upgrade my graphics card..?

23 Dec 2013   #11
jacko900000

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23 Dec 2013   #12
jacko900000

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23 Dec 2013   #13
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'd stay with at least a 128Gb SSD since programs will be installed on it. A HDD for movies and such is a good idea.
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23 Dec 2013   #14
jacko900000

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I'd stay with at least a 128Gb SSD since programs will be installed on it. A HDD for movies and such is a good idea.
Thanks, I'll have a look into it!
Need to get my old HDD fixed first, Currently running off a 120?GB i had to take out of a laptop so I could at least use my PC.

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23 Dec 2013   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For any useful GPU, you will have to upgrade your PSU. You have only 210 Watts and most better GPUs require 600+ Watts - e.g. this one which is a good GPU.

Regarding the SSD, I also suggest a 120GB model for the OS. There is a wide selection and most makes are OK - there are a few exceptions though. No idea what's available in the UK market and at what prices. I suggest you snoop around and post the links. Then we can advise you.

Another suggestion would be a SSHD. There you get a lot of storage and good performance for a modest price. I recently bought a 1TB model for appr. $90. The performance is not quite as good as a SSD, but better than a traditional HDD. I made some performance tests - see here:

SSHD - Performance comparison with HDD and SSD
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23 Dec 2013   #16
jacko900000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
For any useful GPU, you will have to upgrade your PSU. You have only 210 Watts and most better GPUs require 600+ Watts - e.g. this one which is a good GPU.

Regarding the SSD, I also suggest a 120GB model for the OS. There is a wide selection and most makes are OK - there are a few exceptions though. No idea what's available in the UK market and at what prices. I suggest you snoop around and post the links. Then we can advise you.

Another suggestion would be a SSHD. There you get a lot of storage and good performance for a modest price. I recently bought a 1TB model for appr. $90. The performance is not quite as good as a SSD, but better than a traditional HDD. I made some performance tests - see here:

SSHD - Performance comparison with HDD and SSD
Thanks.

I think I'll leave the graphics for now then?
Its not going to be something thats done overnight..

Firstly: Hard drives

Think, Firstly I'll get a 120GB SSD for boot and just run off that (for now)
Then, Try fix my 1TB HDD for storage.

I'm not 100% though how to work it.. Say if I got a 120GB SDD and my 1TB HDD working.. Which would be the best way to connected them ?

(sorry i'm not the best at explaining, but I hope you understand)

I have the standard SATA + power which my HDD is connected to.
Then I have the 16 pin (can't remember name, is further back in thread)
Then I also have a eSATA connector next to my HDMI

So if I connect the SDD where my current HDD is (best performance?)
then the 1TB HDD to the eSATA? Would that work? Would I get best performance from that?

Secondly: RAM
If I do get 2x8GB or 2x4GB .. Would this be much beneficial as I'm currently using 2x2GB ?
Would it boost performance much?

After them two have been upgraded, thats when I'll save up for a PSU and upgrade the graphics card.

To be honest, My PC runs smoothly at the moment.. I never 'game' on my PC just general use but I do have sever programs running at once (mostly for android/chrome dev)

Just if I change the HDD & RAM to what I've explained above, Will I see a noticeable change?

Again, Thanks for your help!
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24 Dec 2013   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you will see a major improvement.

You don`t need to hook the HDD as an external, hook it to the motherboard just like the ssd. Put the ssd on sata port #1 and the hdd on sata port #2
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24 Dec 2013   #18
jacko900000

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Yes, you will see a major improvement.

You don`t need to hook the HDD as an external, hook it to the motherboard just like the ssd. Put the ssd on sata port #1 and the hdd on sata port #2
Thanks.

But as I said above, I don't think I have 2 sata's..

here's a link to my mobo

I only have:
SATA - HDD currently connected
PCI Express x16 slot - nothing connected (what wires would I need to connect SATA?)
PCI Express x1 slot - nothing connected (what wires would I need to connect SATA?)
eSATA - on back of tower - nothing connected
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24 Dec 2013   #19
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The layout says there are two SATA ports. One a SATA II, for the SSD, port two is SATA I where you would attach the HDD.
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24 Dec 2013   #20
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I concur, I see 2 also.

Red dots 6 and 11

I think they are just numbered 1 and 2, as all sata ports are, I`m sure they`re both the same speed.
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